When Electronic Arts snatched up BioWare back in October 2007, the intertubes echoed with cries of disgust and sorrow because it indicated a downfall for Mass Effect, as well as the end of Xbox 360 exclusivity. While itâ€™s too early to tell about the former, it appears the latter assumption was partially wrong, as Bioware has revealed to CVG that Mass Effect 2 could very well end up being a timed exclusive for the Xbox 360.
This is what BioWare senior manager Matt Atwood had to say on the subject:
I believe we’ll be Xbox 360 exclusive for at least a short period of time.
We’re still working out the details on that, but we’ve had a great relationship with Microsoft and done very well.
After the 360 exclusitivity deal for Mass Effect 2 would end, the follow-up would head to PC which isnâ€™t at all surprising seeing as how the original is slated for release on PC this May.
I think you’ll see a PC version not too far away. We haven’t solidified the plans yet but we’re headed in the direction where we want to be as close as possible [on PC].
What does surprise us, however, is the lack of any mention of a PS3 version. Donâ€™t get your hopes up though, Xbox 360 fanboys, as it would be stupid to assume that a publisher like EA would ignore the 10 million installer base. Either way, timed exclusivity is more than we could ask for.